News Well, At Least Part of the Chase Agenda Passed
posted by March 6 at 15:42 PMon
Slog fave, Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline)
ELF-liberal House Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline) wasn’t able to pass much of what we here in the Stranger newsroom lovingly call “the Chase Agenda” —making plastic bags, and leaf blowers, and poisonous cosmetics illegal—but her bill to regulate condo conversions (a bill we’ve been watching all session) passed the Senate today, 36-11.
The bill gives cities the right to guarantee compensation (the equivalent of 3 months rent) and a minimum amount of time for a tenant to move (120 days) for people displaced by condo conversion. Seattle Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard)—who added protections for seniors and disabled people—carried the bill in the Senate.
However, it’s still disappointing that an early Chase amendment to give cities the right to limit conversions of buildings at which 50 percent or more of units are affordable to low-income people failed.